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SUMMER 2003 


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Graduation Highlights 

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Bryan's Summer 

Bryan Life 

Volume 29, Number 4 




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Ministry 15%_ 


Homemakers 10% 

The past few months have been such a blessing for my family and me 
as we have become part of the Bryan family. As I have been privileged to 

take the responsibility of becoming Bryan's seventh president, I am amazed at the incredible poten- 
tial of Bryan and our graduates to influence our world for Christ's Kingdom. 

The highlight of this semester has been to watch 151 Bryan seniors finish their degree programs 
and receive diplomas during the commencement exercises that were held outdoors on our beautiful 
mountain campus. Although it is always hard to let the seniors go, we are encouraged to know that 
God has called them into many avenues of service through their chosen vocations. 

Our graduates are making a difference in the vocational areas to which they are called because 
they have been prepared to engage our culture with the 
unchanging truths and principles of God's Word. While 
students at Bryan, they have been engaged in an intense 
study of our culture; they have examined the underly- 
ing philosophy of the icons of our society— the art 
forms, the music, the media, and the heroes in all walks 
of life. Through this study and the sharpening discipline 
of developing critical thinking skills through interaction 
with faculty and classmates, a new generation of professionals understands our culture and is pre- 
pared to engage that culture with the timeless truths of a Biblical worldview. It is only through this 
prayerful engagement that God will use our graduates to redeem a culture satisfied with itself and 
consumed with "walking according to their own plans and obeying the dictates of their evil hearts" 
(Jeremiah 18:12). 

God will bless and exalt a nation and a people whose God is the Lord, who live according to 
the dictates of God's word and not their own consciences, hi this issue of Bryan Life, Dr. Kurt Wise, 
Associate Professor of Science and Director of Origins Research at Bryan, examines the vital role that 
a proper view of creation as taught in God's word makes in the life of an individual. Through cre- 
ation we understand the concept that an intelligent mind, the God of the universe, designed our 
world and all of mankind— not to bring glory to ourselves, but rather to reflect Him and His glory. 

Because God is our creator, He has established the guidelines whereby we are to conduct our 
lives and serve in the vocation where we are gifted and educated. Indeed, all of creation points to a 
matchless Creator; and the greater our understanding of His creation, the greater our love for Him 
will be manifest in our service to Him. As Dr. Wise carefully points out, theology and science 
should never part ways. Bryan College is blessed to have some of the foremost creation scientists in 
the world working with our students, challenging their thinking and guiding them in the process of 
significant research. 

I invite you to share in this ministry through your prayer and careful consideration of investing 
your financial resources in educating students to make a difference for Christ by engaging our cul- 
ture with the message of God's redeeming grace. Please pray for Bryan College that we may con- 
tinue to teach our students what it means to love our God with all of our minds, what it means to 
base our quest for truth on an understanding of His creation, and what it means to love others in 
service to Him. 

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by Kurt P. Wise, Ph.D. 

To a scientist, science is a verb. It is something a scientist does. If s a way of living life; 
it's a way of thinking. To a vast majority of non-scientists, however, science is a very 
strange activity indeed. Why, for example, would a person want to spend countless hours 
closely examining such things as birds and bushes, rocks and reptiles, oceans and ice? 
What value is there in knowing how many planets there are in the solar system and how 
many moons orbit them, or what types of crystals and fossils are found in a particular 
rock? How could these things be of any help to anyone? With so many needs in the 
world, why examine things which appear to meet the need of no one? 

God created us to bring glory to Him - for us to 
become like as He is and thereby show God and His 

attributes to the remainder of the creation. We are to 
grow to think like God thinks, to desire what God 
desires, to see what God sees, and to purpose as 
God intends. To achieve these ends we must learn all 
we can about God's thoughts, desires, perspectives, 
and intentions. The actions of God give us great 
insight into such things. What God created was a 
product of His thoughts; what God desired was 
what He brought to be; the pattern of His creation 
was a manifestation of His perspective; and what 
God intended He spoke into being. A careful study 
of those things made, then, should contribute to an 
understanding of God and what we need to know to 
become like Him. The primary and ultimate value of 
studying the creation, then, is so that we can become 
like our God. 

Although God desires us to know Him, He is a 
God Who cannot be seen and we are beings strongly 
tied to that which can be seen. Consequently, God 
has chosen to reveal Himself through the physical 
creation. And, since He shows Himself through the 
creation, we can know that the creation exists. We 
also know that there must be a pattern to the cre- 

ation that is worth knowing, and that the pattern was 
made simple enough for us to understand it, and we 
have the ability to accurately perceive and under- 
stand that pattern. Because God desires people from 
all times and nations to know Him, we also know 
that the pattern of creation is constant over all space 
and consistent through all time. All these things - the 
existence, pattern, know-ability, and consistency of 
the physical world - every last one of these, must be 
believed to do science. The physical world must exist 
for us to study it; it must have an understandable 
pattern we can perceive for us to find it; it must be 
consistent enough in its character to identify its pat- 
terns. These and other things must be believed to 
make the study of science reasonable. As such they 
are beginning assumptions (presuppositions) of sci- 
ence. A Biblical perspective of the physical world, 
then, gives us good reason to believe the presupposi- 
tions of science. 

Interestingly enough, other worldviews do not 
provide reason to believe the presuppositions of sci- 
ence. Those who believe that the physical world is all 
that exists would have to believe that several of these 
truths are unexpected coincidences. For example, nat- 
uralists believe that humans are continuously evolv- 

"Only a Biblical worldview 
gives us good reason to believe 
the presuppositions of science." 

ing and that the universe is continuously degenerating. It would be an incred- 
ible coincidence that we happen to live at such a time when our brain is 
complex enough to understand the physical world's pattern and the 
physical world's complexity has degenerated to the point where we can 
understand it. There would also be no particular reason to believe that 
the physical world's pattern is consistent through all time and across all 
space. A naturalistic worldview does not provide good reason to believe 
the presuppositions of science. What about other worldviews? They similar- 
ly fail. The transcendental worldview, for example, tends to doubt the value 
- and in many cases the existence - of the physical world. Science makes no 
sense if it studies something that isn't there! In short, only a Biblical 
worldview gives us good reason to believe the presuppositions of science. 

Science also has a set of ethical standards. Scientists are not to steal 
ideas or data and they are not to lie about data collected. There is also a 
strong skepticism in sci- 
ence as data claims are not| 
to be believed until they 
have been verified and 
theories are not to be 
accepted until they have 
been evaluated. Such ethical standards as these follow from Scripture. Scripture 
tells us we are not to steal and we are not to he. Scripture also tells us that fall- 
en man is not to be trusted - that a healthy skepticism is warranted. Such stan- 
dards do not follow from other worldviews. Ethics derived from naturalism, for 
example, would suggest that we can he or steal as is necessary. Only a Biblical 
worldview gives us reason to believe the ethics of science. 

Doing science implicitly accepts both the presuppositions and the ethics of science. 
Since those presuppositions and ethics are ultimately consistent with only a particular 
religious position, science is almost literally dripping with theology. As a conse- 
quence, science cannot be done without theology or religion. In spite of the claim of 
many naturalists who say that science can and should be done without religion 
(e.g., Stephen Jay Gould's NOMA - non-overlapping magisteria - hypothesis), it 
is simply impossible. 

The inseparable nature of science and religion does not end, howev- 
er, with presuppositions and ethics. God has repeatedly intervened in his- 
tory in ways not expected by our common 
experience. The floating of axe heads, the 
creation of wine from water, the length- 
ening of a day, the sudden curing of 
the lame and the blind - these are 
events unexpected in the 
study of present process- 
es. To accurately deduce 
the true history of 
things, it is necessary 
to consider the inter- 
vention of the divine. 
To assume a different 
type of intervention 
or no intervention at 

all will lead to an 
incorrect understand- 
ing of the past. We also 
know from Scripture that 
a non-physical world exists 
(ag., angels, Satan, and 
demons). This non-physical 
world can interact with and 
change the physical world (e.g., 
Satan causing tornadoes, fire from 
heaven, and boils in the days of Job). To 
study the past (and the present) without 
accepting the existence of such beings will lead to an 
incorrect understanding of the events of the physical world. 
According to Scripture, we also leam that the non-physical makes up an 
important part of a human (e.g., Biblical references to the human heart; Adam 
coming to life only after God breathing into his nostrils). To study humans, 
human institutions, or human society without considering this important 
dimension of humanity would be to seriously misunderstand. It is only by 
considering things like this that we know from God's revelation alone that 
we have a chance of arriving at truth. Rejection of any or all of these theo- 
logically derived truths guarantees an incorrect understanding of tilings. If 
one values truth, then we are forced to conclude that theology - the right 
theology - must be an integral part of science. 

Some object to including religion in science because science studies only 
that which can be tested in the physical world and God is not part of the 
physical world. It is further argued that since we don't know how God creat- 
ed things, claiming God created is wholly untestable and thus wholly unsci- 
entific. However, as indicated in Romans chapter one, even God's invisible 
attributes are made visible in the physical creation. Therefore, a theologically derived 
understanding of God should result in understanding of the physical world and predic- 
tions which can be born out in the nature of the physical world. Thus, even though we can- 
not see God and may never know how He actually created, it is still possible to study, 
understand, and make predictions about the physical world. In other words, we can still 
do science. 

In sum, theology and science should never part ways. To glorify God as we 
ought, we need to recognize Him in those things made. To accurately inter the histo- 
ry and nature of the creation we need to accept the intervention of God and the spiri- 
tual world into the doings of the physical world. To accurately understand humans, 
human institutions, and society we must consider the non-physical dimension of 
humanity as taught in Scripture. Whereas some would say that science is invalid if 
theology is included, in point of fact, science is invalid if theology is not included. 
"Due science cannot and should not be done without a serious consideration 
of Biblical truth, mil 

Dr. Kurt Wise is director of the Center for Origins Research and 
Education and associate professor of science at Bryan College. He has 
written extensively on creation and evolution issues in both scholarly 
and popular journals, and speaks regularly on the topic. 


David ') 


Serves 'Ah Country 
With i\ Test Tube 

David and Jacquie Johnston with their children, 
Nicholas, Karinna, Nathaniel, Kyrie-eleyson, 
Quentin, and Kriste-eleyson. 

"Army career" 
may conjure up 
images of tanks 
and battlefields for 
many, but for David Johnston, test tubes and labora- 
tories better describe how he serves his country and 
makes a contribution in his field of biochemistry. 

David, a 1992 Bryan graduate with a degree in 
biology, entered the Army Reserve during his sopho- 
more year. "I had always been patriotic but was not 
by nature given to violence," he said. "An obvious 
fit was to become a medic. This would provide the 
additional Gl Bill money, drill pay, student loan 
repayment, and a signing bonus, plus, it was a prac- 
tical application of the education I was receiving." 

"The education" he was receiving started out as 
psychology, but he changed to biology, looking 
toward medical school. Research and the pursuit of 
scientific knowledge, however, grabbed his atten- 
tion. Vanderbilt University and a doctorate in bio- 
chemistry followed. 

Research wasn't the only thing that caught his 
eye at Bryan. David met Jacqueline Myers, a fellow 
biology major, in a lab course, and the two were 
married the day after they graduated. 

With his background in biology from Bryan, he 
focused his graduate research activities on the bio- 
logical structure of mutated DNA and the damage 
caused by certain toxins. 

After completing his coursework at Vanderbilt, 
David spent four years at Bryan as assistant profes- 
sor of chemistry before the financial pressure of 
repaying student loans forced him to look for 
employment beyond the college. It was in this search 
that he learned of a post-doctoral research fellowship 
at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of 
Chemical Defense (USAMRICD). Instead of the fel- 
lowship, he chose to join the active duty Army as a 
biochemist. With a new officer's commission, he 

moved his family to Maryland to begin a tour of 
duty at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds. 

At USAMRICD, Dr. Johnston described his 
duties as "bench science," working in the lab 
researching how a particular toxin works. During 
several summers, Dr. Stephanie Hartz, professor of 
biology at Bryan, and a number of students partici- 
pated in research projects with him. 

Like other military assignments, the posting to 
Aberdeen ended after 2 x li years. He was offered a 
choice of work at the U.S. Department of State's 
Office of Nonproliferation or the Pentagon's Defense 
Intelligence Agency for his next tour of duty. David 
chose the Pentagon, where he works in the area of 
threat analysis. 

"The honor system, Christian virtues, and 
integrity principles championed at Bryan were 
invaluable for a positive and rewarding career first 
as an Army medic and then as an Army science offi- 
cer," Capt. Johnston said. "Besides the excellence in 
education and teaching quality, Bryan provided the 
tools necessary, both in the classroom and in the lab- 
oratory, to pursue graduate education. 

"At Vanderbilf s chemistry department, 1 found 
myself among the top of my class even though I was 
a biology major at Bryan. Bryan taught me not only 
what to know about science, but also how to think in 

"As my military career progresses, 1 may not 
continue to do research like 1 did at first, but 1 will 
be directing and evaluating others' work. But the 
education I received at Bryan remains foundational 
for what I do. At the same time, the spiritual founda- 
tion and training 1 received will be so valuable as 1 
try to make a difference in the fives of men and 
women I work with." m 





Coach Seas Growth in 
First BasebaJJ Season 

The record was not what he had hoped, but Coach 
Preston Douglas looked back at his first Bryan baseball 
season with the confidence that he built on the team 
the Lord supplied. 

"This was a growth time for us," he said of the 
team's 8-35 record. "Every one of our guys got better. 
We have some talented athletes, but all except one 
were freshmen, and we were playing against sopho- 
mores, juniors, and seniors. 

"Next year, the guys coming back will have a year of 
experience. They won't be in awe of playing here, or of 
who they are playing. The focus will f 
be on trying to be as good as we can 
be. If we get the missing pieces of 
the puzzle, I think we're capable of 
good things." 

One of the major morale boosters 
for the team was a 2-1 victory over 
eventual conference tournament 
champion Milligan. Although the 
outcome was different, Coach 
Douglas was encouraged despite a 
7-8 loss to King in the conference 
tournament play-in game. Three costly errors with 
men on base contributed to the loss. "We were getting 
a little confidence at that point in the season, so I think 
if we had won we could have played a little longer." 

The top recruiting need for this summer is pitching. 
"We need more pitching depth," the coach said. For 
that matter, "we need more depth at every position. 
We can't play with 16 guys when everybody else in the 
conference has 30." 

And with the program's start-up details out of the 
way, he's looking forward to the extra time that should 
be available to develop the mentoring relationship 
with his players that are at the heart of the Bryan 

First baseman Zach Com 
takes a throw during an 
early-season contest. 

Tennis Teams Persevere 
Through Tough Season 

It was a tough spring for Bryan College tennis as 
the men won one match and the women didn't win 
any, but Coach Bob Andrews was pleased with the 
effort his players put forth. 

Building teams of six players each as the season 
began, the Lions saw potential for the future, but the 
men won only against the University of Virginia-Wise. 
On the women's side, three freshmen showed particu- 
lar promise as they gained collegiate experience. 

"Becca Byrer was competitive at No. 3 all year," 
Coach Andrews said. 'This was her first year of com- 
petition in tennis, and she came close to winning in 
the conference tournament." 

He also complimented freshmen Katie Neff and 
Holley Half ord for their play during the season and 
their interest in continuing intercollegiate play. 

He praised senior Michael Sheddan for his play at 
No. 1 through the season. "People don't understand 
what it takes to go out against very good tennis play- 
ers and get whipped week after week so everybody 
else can compete." 

Juniors Courtney Roberts and Kimberly Dyer, at No. 
1 and 2 respectively, were bright spots for the women. 
They also were named to the All-Conference 
Academic team, as were Travis Seera and Tim Opelt 
for the men. Kimberly also was named to the 
Sportswoman Team in recognition of the character she 
displayed during competition. 

During the AAC tournament, Tim Opelt won his 
first match, to give the Bryan men a point and tie 
them with Milligan for fifth place. The women didn't 

Following the season, Dr. Andrews was named 
dean of adult studies for Bryan, and announced he 
would be giving up his coaching responsibilities. The 
college aciministration has announced plans to sus- 
pend intercollegiate competition after this season, 
pending reorganization of the program. 

Unprecedented Changes Mark the Life of the 

CLASS OF 2003 

One hundred fifty-one graduates - Bryan's largest graduating class ever - 
marched across the stage on the Latimer Student Center patio May 10, leav- 
ing a campus marked by unprecedented change during their four years. 

President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay welcomed nearly ership in the vocation to which you have been called. 
1,800 guests to the ceremony, and welcomed Dr. "And finally, and most significantly, I commend 

William E. Brown, his predecessor, who recounted you to the greatest of commandments - to love the 

some of the trials and blessings the Class of 2003 had Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all 


encountered during the past four years. your strength. 

During the class's four years at 
Bryan the Latimer Student Center 
was completed, the Administration 
Building burned and was rebuilt, 
the library was built, traffic was 
rerouted from the middle of campus, 
lights were added to the soccer field, 
baseball was revived as an intercol- 
legiate sport, and trustees chose a 
new president 

During vespers on May 9, class 
President Rachel Held reminded 
classmates and family members 

gathered in Rudd Auditorium that 

,.,,..,., Jennifer Vanden Heuvel, an English 
those changes - particularly the fire of mgjorfrom Seymour, Wise, is con- 
February 2000 - helped teach this class gratulated by Dr. Ray Legg following 

that Bryan College is "more than graduation. Jennit 

buildings; it is people." stand ' ng H E f,f h £ 

°^ r r awarded a fellows 

Dr. Livesay told the graduates, "I incentives to pursi 
commend you today to unlock the at the University o 

secret of a successful life - of giving A ™* er *&is h g 

, , ^ .. Clayton, has been 

yourselves anew each day to God s gt 0xfonj Universi 

hand of guidance and to His service. I 

commend you to God's providential hand of care and 


"I commend you to honoring the motto of what is 
today your alma mater - Christ Above All - for as you 
honor and live out that motto, you honor Bryan 
College and all who have gone on before you. I com- 
mend you to living lives of excellence - lives of lead- 
Two presidents took part in graduation ceremonies in May. Dr. 
Stephen D. Livesay, who took office Feb. 1, presented gradu- 
ates their diplomas, and his predecessor, Dr. William E. 
Brown, was on hand to greet and congratulate class members 
as they crossed the platform. 

graduation. Jennifer, one of the out- 
standing English graduates, has been 

your strength, and all your mind, and to love your 
neighbor as yourself." 

The graduating class included 
84 who received the Bachelor of Arts 
degree, 66 who received the 
Bachelor of Science degree, and one 
who received the Associate of Arts 

Rachel Held, an English major 
and president of the senior class, 
delivered the address on behalf of 
graduates in the traditional program. 
She told her classmates that the edu- 
cation they received has given them 

an edge on their contemporaries at 

ivel, an English , „ , 

Wise., is con- secular colleges and universities. 

/ Legg following "At Bryan, we have been edu- 

one of the out- cated with truth as our goal. We have 

incentives to pursue graduate studies 
at the University of Tennessee. 
Another English graduate, Aaron 
Clayton, has been accepted to study 
at Oxford University in England. 

graduate studies and let il change our lives. The 

ennessee. world, with its tragedies and victo- 

luate Aaron ries its moments of beauty and hor- 

zcepted to study 

in England Tor ' niakes sense when we have a 

consistent approach to it, and best of 
all, when we come to know Christ, even the darkest 
moments are brimming with hope." 


I Members of the 
Class of 1953 who 
were on hand to cel- 
ebrate the golden 
anniversary of their 
graduation included, 
from left, front, 
Barbara (Becker) 
Mcintosh, Mary 
(Grover) Naff, Grace 

mith) Koontz, 
Ryland Rock Jr., 
Charlotte (Howell) 
Rock, and James 
Kirtley. Second row, 

Fayth (Conner) Lawson, Frances (Henderson) Price, Dean Koontz, Alice (Willene) McLeroy, and 
Norma Sweeney. Back are Alumni Association President Steve Stewart, Fred Donehoo, and 

Dothan, Ala., received the 
PA. Boyd Prize in recogni- 
tion of their influence on 
their classmates. 

Bryan this year continued the vespers tradition of call- 
ing graduates to the front of Rudd Auditorium, where 
they formed a circle linked by a ribbon with the college 
logo. Dr. Livesay cut the ribbon, giving each graduate a 
piece for a memento, and former President Dr. Bill 
Brown greeted each in turn. Here, Dr. Livesay cuts the 
ribbon for Rachel Palmer of Dayton, Tenn., as her 
mother, Betty, also a 2003 graduate, looks on. 

Diane Walker, representing the 
ASPIRE degree completion graduates, 
challenged the graduates to "reject pas- 
ivity.... It is time the silent majority is 
;ard. It is time we tell the atheist, *You 
do not have to pray, you do not have to 
"T the pledge of allegiance, you do not 
. e to believe in God/ But the tradi- 
ns and institutions that they want to 
destroy do not belong solely to them. We 
can make a difference by letting the 
silent majority be heard and by putting 
God back as the foundation of our fami- 
lies and institutions." 

During the service, the college con- 
ferred an honorary Doctor of Letters 

degree on Marilyn Laszlo, Class of 1959. 
Miss Laszlo was recognized for her life and testimony as a linguist with Wycliff e 
Bible Translators among the Sepik Iwam people of Papua New Guinea. 

David Arute, a psychology major from Dothan, Ala., and Lisanne Boling, a 
communication arts major from Dayton, Tenn., received the P.A. Boyd Prize, pre- 
sented to a senior man and woman "whose principles and character have secured 
for them the highest degree of influence over their fellow students." The Boyd 
Award is considered one of the most prestigious awarded by the college. 

Academic Vice President 
Dr. Cal White places the 
hood of her honorary doc- 
toral degree over Marilyn 
Laszlo's head during com- 
mencement. President Dr. 
Stephen Livesay, who read 
the citation for tf?e degree, 

Three underclassmen were presented the PA. Boyd Prize in recognition of their "principles 
and character [which] have secured for them the highest degree of influence over their fel- 
low students' during the Honors Day convo- 
cation in April. At the same time, senior 
Sasha Morgan received the Judson A. 
Rudd Testimony and Influence Award, cho- 
sen by the freshman class as the upper- 
classman "exerting the best Christian influ- 
ence on incoming students." Pictured, from 
left, are Boyd winners freshman Matt 
Henderson, junior Toks Olowola, and soph- 
omore Paul Downer, with Sasha Morgan. 

Graduate Katie Lott shares 
a laugh after vespers with 
her parents, Larry and 
Karen Lott of Houston, 
Texas. Graduates were 
honored with a reception 
on the patio of the Latimer 
Student Center following 


Spring 2003 

January. Ashley's appointment 
was based on merit, not on 
connections. The entire process 
was directed by God. Ellen 
teaches three middle-school 
math classes at First 
Presbyterian Day School in 
Macon. The Royal family 
resides in Macon. 

KEN BAKER, 76, his wife, 
Gwen, and family are mission- 
aries to Niger. Their focus of 
ministry is church develop- 
ment and outreach. So far this 
year they have participated in 
nine missions conferences and 
have had numerous opportuni- 
ties to present their life and 
ministry in Niger. 


(GRAYDON) DOW, both '58, 
reside in Livermore, Maine. 
Les preaches at Richmond 

Corner Baptist Church as well 
as being a full-time accountant 
for the State of Maine. Mary is 

taking black and white 
photography courses with the 
University of Maine. They both 
stay busy enjoying their 11 grand- 


ER) OWEN, '75, and family 
reside in Cedar Falls, Iowa, 
where Beverly is employed 
with Area Education Agency 
Seven, teaching elementary 
students with severe behavior 
disabilities. Beverly and Wes 
have three children, Aaron, 20; 
Emily, 18; and Tyler, 15. 

75, announces that her hus- 
band, Ashley, was sworn in as 
a United States District Court 
judge in Macon, Ga., in 

Ken and Gwen Baker, Catherine, 
Michelle, and David 

"76, received a Master of 
Science degree in education, 
majoring in foreign 
language/English as a second 
language, from the University 
of Tennessee - Knoxville in 
May. Becky is the education 
department administrative 
assistant at Bryan. 

ROBESON, '76, spoke to Bryan 
College students in April. Gen. 
Robeson has had combat expe- 
rience in Liberia, Desert Storm, 
Somalia, and Bosnia. His per- 
sonal decorations include the 
Defense Distinguished Service 
Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, 
Meritorious Service Medal 
(with three gold stars), and the 
Navy Commendation Medal. 
The general gave an encourag- 
ing speech to the students and 
then commented on the current 
war in Iraq in a class with Dr. 
Bill Ketchersid. 

Ellen andAshely Smith, Ashley Jr., 
Carson, Lauren, Austin, and Caroline 

Brig. Gen. Mastin Robeson, left, visit- 
ed with Justin Bsenback, son of Jon, 
74, and Marilyn (Hawkins), 7ft 
Bsenback, a student and member of 
the Marine Corps Reserve, while at 
Bryan in April. 

the director of food services at 
Girls Preparatory School and 
an employee of SAGE Dining 
Services in Chattanooga, 
Tenn. Tom recently received 
one of the company's four 
national awards at a corporate 
meeting in Baltimore. I Ie was 
named Rookie Manager of the 
Year from among 40 candidates. 

JONES, '77, recently visited 
Bryan College. She teaches 
school at Panama Central 
School. Jan and her husband, 
Cliff, have five children: 
Jennifer, 22; Jessica, 21; 
Joshua, 19; Justin, 15; and 
Jolene, 14. Jan and her family 
reside in Lakewood, N.Y. 


DR. ERIC CLARKE, '80, is 
a physician with Orthopedic 
Specialists at the Benchmark 
Physical Therapy office in 
Dayton, Tenn. After graduat- 
ing from Bryan, Eric went to 
medical school and completed 
residency training at Buffalo, 
N.Y., in sports medicine. While 
in Buffalo, he was on the med- 
ical staff with the NFL Buffalo 
Bills and the NHL Sabers. Dr. 
Clarke currently resides in 
Chattanooga, Tenn. 

ENDALL, '80, stopped by 
Bryan College for a visit and 
caught us up on what she is 
doing. Sally and her three 
daughters, Jennifer, 18; Dana, 
16; and Michelle, 13, have 
moved to the sunny St. Simon 
Island, Ga. Sally has recently 
changed careers and is now a 
special education teacher at a 
local middle school. It has 
been quite an adjustment 
from being a stay-at-home 
mom for 13 years to being a 
full time teacher. 

DAVID, '81, and KATHY 
(DAY), '82, CLASSEN recent- 
ly celebrated their 20th 
anniversary by touring 
California. They also attended 
their 20-year college reunion 
at Bryan with their children 
Christina, Kelly, and Kyle. 
David's gigantic accomplish- 
ment for last year was run- 
ning a marathon in October. 
He still continues to preach 
most Sundays and Kathy 
stays busy with a full-time 
ministry in counseling. The 
Classen family resides in 

Brighton, Mich. 


'82, has been selected as 
Brenau University's new 
dean of the School of 
Business and Mass 
Communication. Bill brings 
15 years of experience to his 
new position. His prior 
appointments include a pro- 
fessorship at Palm Beach 
Atlantic University in West 
Palm Beach, Fla. He earned 
both his Ph.D. and M.S. from 
Florida State University in 
Tallahassee, Fla. Dr. Helen 
Ray, vice president for aca- 
demic affairs and dean of the 
university said, "His creden- 
tial, support from faculty and 
administrators, and excellent 
record of service at Brenau 
University singled him out 
among the candidates as they 
best qualified person for the 
position." Bill resides in 
Dahlonega, Ga. 

8fl/ Haney 

and Trisha BATES, live in 
Orlando, Fla., where Marvin 
serves as senior pastor of 
University Presbyterian 
Church. They have three chil- 
dren, Allison, 12; Ashley, 10; 
and Anna Katherine, 4. 

ROSS, both '83x, and family 
reside in Nashville, Tenn., 
where Richard works for the 
Nashville International 
Airport department of public 
safety, which includes law 
enforcement, aircraft rescue 
firenghting, and emergency 
medical services. Mari Lynn 
worked for the American 
Diabetes Association until 
Kirsten came along. She has 
since been home schooling 
all their children, Freya, 15; 
Kirsten, 13; Nicholous, 10; 
and Elspeth, 7. Mari Lynn 
also writes curriculum for 
community Bible studies. 

Alumni KATHY 

'83x; SCOTT, '81, and MAR- 

KLUCK, '83x; and TIM STA- 
PLES, 78, gathered for a short 
but sweet Bryan College 
reunion in Africa. All six 
alumni are working to further 
Bible translation in Africa. 

Alumni at their "reunion" in Africa 
included, from left, Kathy Koenig, 
Dawn Moyer, Scott Smith, Margaret 
Smith, Mary Ellen Kluck, and Tim 

TAL (ANDREW), '87x, GAL- 
LOWAY, reside in Plant City, 
Fla., along with their two 
daughters, Abby, 9, and 
Kayla, 7. Lamar is head of the 
science department at a local 
middle school and teaches sci- 
ence to seventh graders. 
During the summer, he con- 
ducts scientific research proj- 
ects for a university professor. 
Crystal works part-time at the 
local YMCA and is a substi- 
tute teacher. 

ESON, '85, resides in 
Greenville, S.C., with her hus- 
band, Jim, and their three chil- 
dren, Shelley, 13; Jayne, 12; 
and John Will, 4. After several 
years working as director of 
the crisis pregnancy center, 
Sandy is now a stay-at-home 
mom and is home schooling 
their children. 

has been teaching art classes 
to k-8th grade students at 
Rhea Central Elementary 
School in Dayton, Tenn., for 
the past four years and loves 
it. Phyllis recently bought a 
house in Dayton and is stay- 
ing busy fixing it up. 

MIKE '85, and Tricia 
ALFORD, felt God calling 
them to Africa, so in April 
1997, they moved to Cape 
Town, South Africa. They are 
involved in sports ministry in 
Zimbabwe. Mike has had sev- 
eral opportunities including 
chaplaincy for pro soccer 
teams, announcing pro bas- 
ketball games on TV, and lec- 

turing at local colleges. They 
have three children, Taylor, 

10; Megan, 7; and Jessica, 4. 

Jeff and JULIE (LILLEY) 
SHEPARD, '85, live in Lapeer, 
Mich. Julie received her mas- 
ter's degree in education from 
Oakland University and was 
instrumental in opening a 
local crisis pregnancy center 
which is still running today 
with three paid staff and 
many volunteers. Julie and 
Jeff now have six children, 
Chelsie, 11; Andrew, 10; 
Kaylee, 9; Holly, 7; Joel, 5; and 
Lyndi, 3. Julie stays busy 
home schooling their children 
and Jeff is an engineer for 
Delco Electronics. 

STEVE, '85, and USA 
(BARTH), '87, STEWART, live 
in Cleveland, Tenn. Steve 
works for the research and 
development department at 
Maytag and manages the 
computer-aided design sys- 
tem for the designers and 
engineers. Lisa is a full-time 
mom and home schools their 
five children, Tori, 13; Anna, 
12; Clarissa, 10; Kathryn, 8; 
and Graham, 3. 

BRETT ROES, '88, Bryan's 
director of Alumni Ministries 
for the past four years, 
resigned in March to become 
director of the WinShape 
Marriage Conference Center 
of the Chick-fil-A WinShape 
Foundation in Rome, Ga. 

DAVID ERSKINE, '89, is a 
physical education instructor 
and head men's soccer coach 
at Hannibal-LaGrange College 
and has earned a rank change 
from instructor of physical 
education to assistant profes- 
sor of physical education. 
David is in his fifth year of 
teaching at HLG. David and 
Kimberly have four children, 
Madeline, Liliana, Trinity, and 
Levi. The Erskine family 
resides in Hannibal, Mo. 


JAMES ARNETTE, '90, and 
his wife, Andrea, announce 
the birth of their first son, 
Joshua Michael, on Dec. 4, 
2002. James works for RR 
Donnelley as an NT/SQL 
administrator. The family 
resides in Charlotte, N. C. 

James and Andrea Arnette with 

(STOKES) SMITH, both, '92, 
spent New Years with Mark's 
brother and wife, MONTE, 
'90, and RACHEL (PAR- 
ROTT), '91x, SMITH. 
Cousins Madelaine, right, and 
Abigail, left, had a chance to 
get to know one another. 
Mark, Denise, and family live 
in Grand Rapids, Mich, and 
Monte, Rachel, and family 
live in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Madeline Smith and Abigail Smith 


both '94, announce the birth 
of Evan Porter on Dec. 27, 
2002. Evan weighed 8 lbs., 6 
oz. and was 20 V2 inches 
long. Evan joins his big sisters 
Abigail, Emily, and Claire. 
The Brown family resides in 
Adams, Tenn. 

and wife, Angie, announce 
the birth of Avery Elise on 
Feb. 1. Matt is an assistant 
unit operator with the 
Tennessee Valley Authority 
and Angie is a full-time mom. 
The Fritz family resides in 
Kingston, Tenn 



Avery Fritz 

EMMONS, both '95, 
announce the birth of Jacob 
Scott on Feb. 26. Jacob 
weighed 7 lbs, 11 oz, and was 
19 J /2 inches long. The family 
is residing in Mebane, N.C 

Karl and Julie Beth Emmons with 

CHRISTOPHR, '96x, and 

SARA (FENTON), '95, 
MEROP, announce the birth 
of William Edward on Aug. 1, 
2002. William joins his brother 
and sister, William and 
Christina. The family lives in 
Cedar Hill, Tenn. 

PHIL, '96, and CHRISTY 
announce the birth of their 
son Josiah Galen. Josiah was 
born March 29, and weighed 
9 lbs., V/2 oz., and was 22 
inches long. The family 
resides in Jackson, Miss. 


Josiah Galen Prewette 


(WILEY) TEASLEY, both, '97, 
announce the birth of their 
third child, Laura Christine, 

Laura Teasley 

on Feb. 3. She weighed 8 lbs., 
6 oz., and was 20 inches long. 
Laura joins her two older 

brothers, Nathan, 3, and 
Joshua, 2. Sam and Michelle 
continue their work with 
Student Venture, the high 
school ministry of Campus 
Crusade for Christ. The 
Teasley family resides in 
Marietta, Ga, 

JOHN, '97, and TRISHA 
announce the birth of their 
daughter on Jan. 4. Emma 
Marie weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz., 
and was 20V2 inches long. The 
family is living in Kennesaw, 


Emma Marie Maggard 

MICAH, '98x, and JOHAN- 
NA (ZIEG), '98, GELATT, 

send their greetings from 
Kansas. Their firstborn, Josiah, 
turned one on June 5. 

Josiah Gelatt 

PEGG, '98, and her husband 


r _ 

Tony, announced the birth 
of their first child, Phillip 

Charles, on Sept. 18, 2002. He 
weighed 7 lbs. and was 20V2 
inches long. The family lives 
in Clermont, Fla., where 
Brenda is enjoying being a 
stay-at-home mom. 

'98, announce the arrival of 
Edward Anthony. Oleg and 
Tonya were married at Grace 
Bible Church in Dayton dur- 
ing their junior year at Bryan 
College. After graduating, 
they earned graduate degrees 
from Auburn University and 
then moved to Atlanta, Ga. 
Oleg is employed with KPMG 
LLP as a consultant and Tonya 
is a CPA, currently performing 
duties of a stay-at-home mom. 

Oleg and Tonya Ivanova Sinilsin 
with Edward 


'98, was recently featured in 
the magazine Camp Chase 
Gazette modeling uniforms of 
Confederate soldiers in the 
western theater of the Civil 
War, the Army of Tennessee 
and its antecedents and associ- 
ates. Nate is distinguished by 
the fact that he has learned to 
make most of his own uni- 
forms and accoutrements. He 
bases his work on close exami- 
nation of both published 
images of original items and 
of the objects themselves. Nate 
resides in Knoxville, Tenn. 

BEN, '99, and Danielle 
KRELOFF announce the birth 
of their daughter, Abigail 
Rosalie, on Nov. 6, 2002. She 
weighed 7 lbs. and was 21 
inches long. The family resides 
in Oldsmar, Fla. 

JAMES, '99, and JOY 
(CHESHIRE), '98, 
NICHOLS, live in Wilmore, 
Ky., where Jim graduated 
with his Master of Divinity 
degree on May 25. Joy stays 
busy taking care of Alex. 

Joy Nichols with Alex 


JOSHUA, '00, and 

announce the birth of then- 
daughter, Canaan, on Feb. 20. 
Cannan weighed 8 lbs., 13 oz 
and was 21 inches long. The 
family resides in Franklin, 

Canaan Drake 

TRAVIS, '00x, and CAR- 
WELDON, announce the 
birth of Wesley Harold on 
Jan. 17. He weighed 6 lbs., 6 
oz. and was 19V2 inches 
long. The Weldon family 
lives in McDonough, Ga. 

Roebuck and Co., in 
Chattanooga. The couple 
resides in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Chip and Mary Miller 

ASHLEY SISKEY, '00, for 

the past two years has been 
living and working in New 
York City. She is employed by 
Macy's East in the annual 
events department. Her 
duties include helping plan 
the Macy's Thanksgiving Day 
Parade, the Macy's 4th of July 
fireworks spectacular (both 
telecast on NBC), the annual 
flower show at Herald 
Square, and Macy's Santa 

Ashley Siskey and Sugarbear 

JOSHUA, '01, and Shayla 
HOOD were married June 22, 
2002, in Des Moines, Iowa. 
Alums TYLER SURA, '00; 
TIM SHETTER, '00; and 
BRYAN OSBORNE, '99, were 
groomsmen in the ceremony. 

Brenda and Tony Pegg with Phillip 

Abigail Kreloff 

Wesley Weldon 


MILLER, '00, and MARY 
GREEN, '01, were married 
on March 15, in Dayton, 
Tenn. Mary works as a 
graphic artist at Keener 
Marketing, Inc., in Dayton 
and Chip works at Sears, 

Joshua and Shayla Hood 

After their honeymoon in 

Nassau, Bahamas, the couple 

returned to Des Moines where 


they reside. Joshua and 
Shayla have recently started 
the home building business, 
"NeighborHood Homes." 
Joshua also teaches world- 
view at a Christian network 
of home schooled students. 
Shayla is a senior at 
Grandview College and 
works with special needs 
children in the greater Des 
Moines area. 

'02, is teaching in Geneva, 
Switzerland. In April he took 
a group of 55 students to the 
Czech Republic for a service 
project. They had the oppor- 
tunity to live out the Gospel 
as they served the people of 
the city that was devastated 
during last year's floods. 

has received her license as a 
massage therapist and is in 
the process of starting her 
own business. Robin resides 
in Seminole, Fla. 

With the Lord 


x'52, went to be with the 
Lord on Jan. 30. She is sur- 
vived by her husband, the 
Rev. Arthur Pflug, and their 
five children. Arthur resides 
in McDonald, Tenn. 

passed away on March 31. 
Services were held at First 
Baptist Church in Dayton. 
She is survived by her hus- 
band, Dr. KARL E. KEEFER, 
'91H, and sons KARL 
KEEFER III, '68, and TOM 
KEEFER, '70. 

If you are an alumn 

and have information 

for us to publish in 

Lion Tracks, send it to 

Terry Hill, 

Bryan College, 

P.O. Box 7000, 

Dayton, TN 37321 

or email: 

Charlie Phillips 

Bryan Names New Administators 

Charles W. Phillips Jr. has been named vice president for 
advancement and Dr. Robert Andrews has been named 
dean of adult studies, Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. 
Livesay has announced. 
Mr. Phillips has served most recently as a consultant in 
development for the Maclellan Foundation in 
Chattanooga. Previously, he served as vice president for 
[ development and admissions at Covenant College. 
He is a graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in history and literature, and was 
elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Stirling in 

Dr. Andrews will supervise the ASPIRE adult degree completion program and other 
programs for adult learners the college may develop. 

Before coming to Bryan, Dr. Andrews served as provost and dean of the faculty at 
Oxford Graduate School in Dayton. He spent 11 years as a sales manager, branch manager, 
and division sales manager for World Book Educational Products, and earlier served as 
dean of men at Bryan. 

Dr. Andrews earned a bachelor's degree in history from Bryan, a Master of Divinity 
degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a Master of Arts degree in college student 
personnel management from Tennessee Tech, and the Doctor of Education degree from the 
University of Tennessee in educational leadership. 

Dr. Livesay said, "Mr. Phillips has had successful experience in virtually every area of 
development work. His love for the Lord, his desire to be a part of a Christian liberal arts 
community, his successful experience in fundraising and total enrollment management 
work, his acquaintance with many friends of Christian ministry locally and throughout the 
country, and his enthusiasm for Bryan's future all make his coming to Bryan a much antici- 
pated special occasion. 

"Dr. Andrews is the perfect administrator to expand our adult 
studies program. He understands adult learning and has success- ' 
fully taught adult and traditional students. He has a strong aca- 
demic background, has vast experience with accrediting agencies 
and teaching, is active in community and church activities, has 
worked successfully in business and has a wonderful heart for 
mentoring and educating students in a Christian liberal arts edu- , 
cation at Bryan." 

Gregory Hendry, 20, who had just completed his freshman year at Bryan, died May 18, in a 
traffic accident in Aiken County, S.C., near his home in Evans, Ga. Gregory is the son of Glen 
and Gail Hendry of Evans. 

Heidi Rich, who also had completed her freshman year at Bryan, was critically injured in 
the accident. She is recuperating in a hospital near her family in Waxhaw, N.C. 
Gregory is survived by his parents, a brother and two sisters. 


Helping Bryan 
Can Help 

Reita Hall, '54, has just made 
a very important discovery. Not 
only can she financially support 
Bryan College, she can rely on a 
stream of increased current 
income for herself as well. 

Reita retired from teaching 
English several years ago and 
has been pursuing different 
avenues to improve income 
from her savings. 

She mentioned her situation 
to Bryan's director of planned 
giving, Jim Barth, '57, and he 
was able to suggest a viable 
solution - a charitable gift 

Reita learned that she could 
purchase a charitable gift annu- 
ity from Bryan College, receive 
an income tax deduction when 
the contract was signed, and 
receive a guaranteed fixed cash 
payment for the rest of her life - 
some of which is tax free. 

Jim also showed her that the 
return on her investment with 
Bryan would be 3V2 times that 
of her previous CD. investment 

If you are concerned about 
the return from current CD. 
rates, a charitable gift annuity 
may be of benefit to you. You 
could help Bryan and yourself 
at the same time. Just contact 
Jim Barth at 423-775-7280 or by 
e-mail at for 
more information. 

Bryan College will spend some $600,000 this summer on improve- 
ments to residence halls, Summers Gymnasium and Rudd Auditorium thanks to a bequest from the 
estate of a Mend of the college earlier this year. 

Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said the gift came from the estate of Carmack Waterhouse, a 
resident of Dayton whose parents both served on the board of trustees. "In honor of his parents and 
their love for Bryan, he included Bryan in the distribution of his estate," Dr. Livesay said. The gift has 
allowed the college to address long-standing concerns in a comprehensive way, without incurring 
additional debt. 

"Renovations to the residence halls and the gymnasium/recreation center this summer will comple- 
ment our new academic and student life facilities, giving us a campus with outstanding facilities for 
fulfilling our mission of 'educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in 
today's world,'" Dr. Livesay said. 

He pointed out that in the past three years the college "has been blessed to have new state-of-the-art 
academic facilities." The five-year-old Latimer Student Center houses facilities for recreation, dining, 
and meetings for study, ministry, and the student government association. 

Mr. Tim Hostetler, vice president for operations, said work began immediately after school ended in 
May and was to be completed before conferences began in June. 

When students return in August they will find: 

• New showers and stall dividers in Long and Huston residence hall restrooms. 

• New air conditioning units in Long, Huston, Arnold, and Wbodlee-Ewing. 

• New carpet in Arnold. 

• New drop ceiling and new lighting in Long and Huston. 

• A new roof and ceiling on Summers Gymnasium, with the exterior of the gym repaired and 

• New carpet in high-traffic areas on the main floor of Rudd Auditorium. 

In addition, the residence halls will be wired for wireless Internet connections, giving students who 
have computers with wireless modems access to Bryan's high-speed Internet link. 

Most of the work, Mr. Hostetler said, involves replacing equipment installed when the buildings 
were built - Huston and Long in 1964, Arnold in 1972, Rudd in 1976, and Woodlee-Ewing in 1984. 

Dr. Livesay said, "That so much needs to be done this summer is, in one respect, a tribute to the out- 
standing efforts of Bryan's operations staff. The staff has kept air conditioners cooling and showers 
working long after their expected useful life had passed. 

"If s a tremendous blessing to be able to do all this at one time thanks to the help from a good friend 
of the college." 

Terry Hill Named Director 
of Alumni Relations 

Terry 1 Till, '71, has been named Director of Alumni Relations, Vice 
President for Advancement Charlie Phillips announced in May. 

Terry has served for more than four years as Director of 
Communications and Director of Major Giving in the Advancement Office. Before coming to 
work at Bryan, he worked in the publications field, publishing 14 books, primarily about 
Christian athletes. He said his most recognizable title is Reggie White: Minister of Defense, a 
biography of the former NFL and University of Tennessee football star. 

Terry and his wife of 28 years, Dianne, who works in the Bryan library, are the parents of 
four children - Laurie, who is married to Sergeant Jason Cole of the U.S. Marine Corps and is 
the mother of their two grandchildren; Kellie, a 2001 Bryan graduate who is pursuing an 
additional degree in nursing; Kirnmie, a 2003 Bryan graduate in Christian education; and 
Terry II, a history major who will be a junior at Bryan next year. 

"This is an exciting time to be at Bryan College," Terry said. "There is a lot of 'new/ with a 
new president, new facilities, and new initiatives. At the same time, Bryan is staying firmly 
anchored to its mission and motto, 'Christ Above All.' I'm excited with this new opportunity 
to help strengthen relations between alumni and the college and look forward to serving our 
Lord, our college, and our alumni in this new way." 


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